World Language Map


World Language Map

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World Language Map
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*The World Language Map with current country boundaries.

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This coloured map depicts countries according to the languages spoken over there. Some of the most widely spoken languages of the world by population are Chinese, Spanish, English, Bengali, Hindi, Urdu, Arabic, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, German, and French.

The map shows that English is one of the most widely spoken and written languages worldwide. The impact of the British Empire and continued influence of the British Commonwealth in Asia, North America, South America and Africa also contributed towards making English a dominant language in many parts of the world.

Other than these languages, there are language families which are varieties of the languages mentioned above. Some of the largest language families by language count are Niger-Congo, Austronesian, Trans-New Guinea, Sino-Tibetan, Indo-European, and Afro-Asiatic.

There are over 6900 languages currently spoken in the world. These languages belong to 94 different language families. Based on the population of the speakers, Indo-European and Sino-Tibetan are the two largest language families, with over 4.6 billion speakers between them. English and Mandarin are two of the most spoken languages in these families, of which English is classified as Indo-European, and Mandarin Chinese is classified as Sino-Tibetan.

Indo-European languages are the most widely spoken languages used across Europe, North America and South America. Under the Romance languages of the Indo-European group, five languages find a wide relevance across the culture and literature of different countries. Those languages are Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, and Romanian.



Last Updated on : May 11, 2020